Obviously the show didn't start until Saturday, but I hauled up early afternoon Friday to get Ruby all settled in and to school in the competition arena. The venue is only about an hour away, so I worked a half day, tossed her on the trailer a little afternoon, stopped and picked up two other horses I was transporting to the show, and arrived about quarter to 2 pm. I found my "group" from TrainerB's barn, and they had already picked up my show packet -- mercifully there were no issues with it (I was worried doing my own vaccines would be an issue), so I made a few trips back and forth from the trailer and soon Ruby was all settled in.
|My corner of the tack stall, lol
|We walked down to check out the outdoor where we would be showing.
I was scheduled to school around 6, so I got a chance to wander around and catch up with some friendly and familiar faces, which was fun! Ruby settled in like an absolute champ - eating and drinking with no issues, and only the occasional calling out (probably missing Trigger, lol). She was a little bug eyed at first, but aside from giving everything second and third looks, she was completely fine. I was a little dismayed to see how sloppy the outdoor was when I wandered down there, but then I reminded myself of all the work I made her do through my arena puddles this winter, haha. Yay past Leah, good job preparing Ruby to trot through water lol.
|I had tentatively planned to clean tack while I waited for my ride, but then after seeing the slop I opted to wait until AFTER my ride. Good choice lol.
|This giant puddle took over most of where you needed to enter at A, so I made sure she was cool splashing through it.
|She also got a bath with my new PonyJet, which she didn't appreciate. (yes I know the tag is still on the cooler, I took it off after this photo lol)
|While she dried off, I cleaned my boots and halfass cleaned the rest of my tack.
Friday was a late one - between the bathing and the tack cleaning and getting things ready for Saturday, I didn't leave the barn until 9:30 to head to my hotel, where I crashed HARD. Saturday the first of the riders from our barn went at 8 am so I had to be up bright and early!